This is the third book in the
Darkwar trilogy. Like the others, it focuses heavily on the theme of divinity: it posits
that humans give shape to their gods, and that good and evil cannot exist without each
other (a common position). Unfortunately, in this book the focus on the theme comes at the
expense of the action, and there is much more exposition than dialogue and description.
characters have grown so far beyond the merely human that it is difficult to empathise
with them. Pug and his family, who are at the centre of much of the story, are extremely
strong magicians, and that is the focus of most of what happens. They have a few family
interactions with each other, but mostly those seem like wooden actions of cardboard
characters. The charming younger characters introduced in earlier books in this trilogy
are largely neglected.
If youre reading this particular edition of the book, be prepared to be
frustrated. The book is littered with proofreading errors, missing or extra words, and
sentences that start out saying one thing and skip to something else.